Some of the best ideas and thoughts I have are usually right before I sleep. I would lie in my bed try to relax. But the brain keeps running. As you can imagine, sometimes it can take me a long time to actually fall sleep (especially when I am not dead tired from training). I need to find that on/off switch to my brain.
I do my daily devotion before I go to bed. I am reading through the Old Testaments. I started with Samuel because I am interested in learning about David. David and Goliath. Treason, war, betrayla.... How can you go wrong with that?
Then I read Kings, Chronicles, Ezra and now, Nehemiah.
Last night I read Nehemiah, Chapter 9. The Israelites are going back to Jerusulam to rebuild the walls. Before God let the Babylons defeated them and lay the city to ruins. In this chapter, the Israelites are praising the God for the love that He has given to them. First, He led them out of Egypt. Then when they were settled down, they turned their back on God. When enemies were on them, they went back to God and God helped them out. Then they became stiff necked and arrogant. Then another enemy attack and they run back to God. Again and again.
How amazing is that to have a God with such unconditional love that he can forgive. If I am God, I would have just squish them. Rebel once, fine. Rebel second times, ok. Rebel third time, squish.
Can I share the unconditional love that God had given me to the ones I care about?
Can I accept them for who they are without judgement or critcisim?
I reflect on some of the closest friends I have, they have accepted me for who I am (loud talking, insensitive and at times cocky). Could I accept them otherwise?
I reflect on myself as a Christian. Can I share this unconditional love to others? Compare to God and His Love, what I can offer is very little. Can I still share even this little bit?
There is a number of couples getting marry in my Fellowship. When it is my turn, would I be able to accept the significant other as who she is, as God made her?
Tri related..I haven't bike or swim or run this week. I only ran 15 k last Sun. I missed it. By late Oct, I will refocus and plan my next season. Hmm....as for now, just relax and de-tri. I want to come to the next season with a bang.